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Cider and Soft Drinks

What are Cider and Perry?

Cider is a beverage made from fruit juice, most commonly and traditionally it is made from apple juice. In some countries cider that has not been fermented and thus has no alcoholic content is known as Soft Cider. Cider that has been fermented is known as Hard Cider and may contain an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of up to 9%. In Australia when we refer to cider we mean hard cider with the non-fermented or soft cider being referred to simply as apple juice.

Perry is a similar beverage to cider however it is made from pears rather than apples. It is sometimes referred to as pear cider.


What is Ginger Beer?

Ginger Beer originated in the mid-1700s in England. It was first produced as a fermented alcoholic beverage made from sugar, ginger, water, and a starter culture known as ginger beer plant. But today, the name "ginger beer" is actually a misnomer, as most commercial ginger beer is a soft drink, and contains no alcohol.

In comparison to ginger ale, ginger beer is more robust in flavor, with a spicy quality. Ginger beer can be enjoyed alone, but also plays a starring role in cocktails such as the Dark and Stormy and the Moscow Mule.

If you don't have ready access to a cider press and copious quantities of apples or are simply time poor, we have a range of kits available made from fruit and ginger concentrates that make the most refreshing ciders, perries and ginger beer.

They can be easily made "as is" or tweaked and modified as you please so that you can let your creative genius "run wild"  

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